The Texas ADV/PR Equity Student Council is an advisory council of students that meets monthly during the school year.
The purpose of the council is three-fold.
1) We seek to empower students whose identities and circumstances are historically under-represented in academia and in the advertising and PR professions. These individuals may identify as LGBTQI+, Latinx/Hispanic, Black/African/African-American, Asian/Asian-American, international, multi-racial, students with a disability or impairment, and/or first-generation students. They may belong to religious groups that have faced persecution in the U.S. and abroad. They may have families that struggle economically or live in impoverished communities, they may have family members that are incarcerated, they may have grown up in foster care, and/or they may currently be food insecure or homeless.
2) We seek to guide faculty and administration in further evolving our school’s mission of empowerment and equity.
3) We seek to develop original programming and deliverables that serve our diverse student body. Efforts have included a 2-day conference, a speaker series hosted by Council members, and a food bank for students.
During the 2021-22 school year, the council will meet on Zoom on the second Wednesday of each month from 6-7 p.m. Please email Lee Ann Kahlor for the link to join the meetings. New members are always welcome.
Statements issued by the Council
On June 4, 2020, the Council issued a Statement Against White Supremacy. On November 5, 2020, the Texas Advertising & Public Relations Equity Student Council issued this statement regarding Stan Richards' racist comments. Richards is the namesake for the Advertising & Public Relations School.
The 2016-17 Equity Council members: (Left to right) Josh Washington, Jacy Jones, Cassandra Martinez, Diana Deleon, Garrett Mireles, Armish Narsi, Chloe Mark, Chien Yang, John Paul Napleton, LeeAnn Kahlor, Janna Marin (not pictured: Zach Kornblau).